- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Building inspectors have been examining possible structural issues at the 13-year-old Wyoming State Prison in Rawlins.

“We’ve noticed the past month or two that there had been some cracks in the walls and things we wanted to take a look at,” Mark Horan, Wyoming Department of Corrections spokesman, said. “We did notice some elevation changes going on under the building, and this is a result of our regular monitoring of the facility.”

Built in 2001, the Wyoming State Penitentiary complex consists of a high-security/special-needs prison, referred to as the South Facility, as well as administration and warehouse/maintenance buildings, and a central production facility.

A separate complex dubbed the North Facility was closed around the same time the current prison was opened, due to cost issues related to bringing the North Facility up to current fire code standards, Horan told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The prison now houses about 700 inmates, the majority in medium-security custody. It has a full operational capacity of about 756.

Horan said the structural assessment is ongoing, and no determinations have been made so far on whether any repairs are necessary.

“But as we continue to review the situation, if that review points to the need to develop contingency plans, we will do that,” he said. “We have preparedness plans for all sorts of different scenarios we would put into effect.”

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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